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- Whitey Bulger
- June 22, 2011
- Racketeering, Money Laundering, Extortion, Weapons Charges, Murder
- Two Consecutive Life Terms plus Five Years
The arrest of Whitey Bulger:
He was a Boston based gangster, charged with a staggering 19 murders over a long criminal career.
However, James Joseph Bulger, also known as "Whitey", played both sides of the fence, serving as an FBI informant, starting in 1975.
The FBI ignored Bulger's criminal activities in exchange for information about the inner workings of the Patriarca Mafia clan. But in 1994, after being tipped off that he was being targeted under a RICO indictment, Bulger skipped town.
After 16 years on the lam, a dozen of which he was listed on the FBI's ten most wanted list; he was finally caught on the other side of the country. He was picked up outside his apartment in Santa Monica, California, where the 83 year old Bulger was posing as a senior citizen living with longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig.
The two were shipped back to Massachusetts where Greig pleaded guilty to a raft of charges, including harboring a fugitive. Whitey went on trial on June 12, 2013 for 32 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion and complicity in those 19 murders.
Convicted on 31 counts on August 12, 2013, including involvement in eleven murders, Whitey was sentenced in November 2013 to two consecutive life terms, plus another five years.
He'll never walk free again.
In closing, two trivia points: The Jack Nicholson character in the film "The Departed"…
…is loosely based on Whitey Bulger.
And while Whitey Bulger was breaking laws, his brother Billy was making them, as the former President of the Massachusetts State Senate.
William Bulger also served as President of the University of Massachusetts, but was forced to resign in 2003 after refusing to testify about communications he'd had with his brother Whitey.